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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Introduction to Pan-Africanism

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Term 1

This course deals with the history and theory of Pan-Africanism and its relevance to the modern world.  It focuses on the major themes of Pan-Africanism, including those of African unity, black rebellion again colonialism and racism, black diaspora, and black culture. Also considers the relations between Pan-Africanism and such movements as nationalism, Marxism, and Afrocentricity.

This course is taught by staff at NYUL.  All classes take part at NYUL.


There are no pre-requisites for this course, however, students from the programmes of study listed will be given preference on NYUL courses.  This course is taught and administered by the New York University of London and governed by their regulations.  Students should contact them directly for further information.  Their contact details are:

NYU in London
6 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3RA
020 79073200

Full details of this course is available on the following web address:  www.nyu.edu/global/london

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

Students will acquire some historical knowledge related to slavery, colonialism and ‘race’. Primarily, though, they will gain and refine skills related to discourse analysis and the ability to discern intellectual trends and place them in historical contexts. They will hone the craft of argument-driven and comparative writing, and internalise concepts related to identity and resistance.


Total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

Mid-term 2,000-word essay (40%); end-of-term 3,000-word essay (45%); class participation (15%) .

Suggested reading

A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.